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President of Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator Is Funding Trump Promise-Tracker

January 23, 2017 It’s no secret there is no love lost between Silicon Valley and Donald Trump. Of every dollar given by the Valley’s technology workers to presidential candidates after the primaries last year, only one penny went to Trump. On issue after issue (except perhaps tax reform), the GOP and the technorati...

Robotics Expert Predicts Kids Born in 2017 Will Never Drive a Car

January 6, 2017 Henrik Christensen, director of the University of California San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, has issued a jarring prophecy for the next generation: “My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car.” His forecast, which he shared in a December interview with The San Diego...

We Already Have a Muslim Registry. It’s Called Facebook

December 30, 2016 On several occasions during his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump alluded to the idea of building a database of Muslims in the U.S. His position has veered between tracking refugees (nearly half of those admitted to the U.S. this year are Muslim, according to the Pew Research Center) to considering proposals...

Silicon Valley’s Newest Congressman Wants Tech Giants like Apple to Move Jobs to the Midwest

December 14, 2016 Ro Khanna, a Yale law school graduate and former Commerce Department official, ran his successful campaign for the House of Representatives against incumbent Mike Honda on a quixotic appeal: deliver more tech jobs in Ohio, and everywhere across middle America. “I care about my district, but we also have an...

Truckers Think Automation Won’t Take Their Jobs for 40 Years. Silicon Valley Strongly Disagrees.

December 7, 2016 As far as most truckers can tell, the danger of losing their jobs to robots is still a long, long way off. “I don’t have a single member who’s ready to buy a bunch of automated trucks even if they could,” says R. J. Cervantes, whose California Trucking Association represents...

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Twitter Says It Will Ban Trump If He Breaks Hate Speech Rules

November 30, 2016 Twitter has been fighting hate speech for years. Now, it faces what may be the world’s most powerful troll: the president of the United States. President-elect Donald Trump used Twitter for the past 18 months as a megaphone for his views and rants. He’s attacked the media, insulted women, praised...

In Silicon Valley, Savvy Founders Are Networking All Around Town by Driving for Uber and Lyft

November 30, 2016 The first thing Jason Coleman did when he finally decided to start Yarden, the urban gardening business he had dreamt about, was to drive 40 hours per week for Lyft, shuttling passengers between Oakland, Berkley, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. The connections just rolled in. Coleman says he met a...

Dumping 4.3M Samsung Phones is an Environmental Fiasco That Could Show Us How to Recycle Smartphones

November 3, 2016 It’s not every day a company has to dispose of 4.2 million phones. But that day has come for Samsung, after exploding batteries forced it to issue a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. The recalled devices, enough to fill 28 massive shipping containers, pose a massive waste...

We May Finally Make Our Homes Smart by Listening to the Flow of Their Electricity

September 23, 2016 Every appliance speaks a secret language. Now we know what they’re saying. Technology to achieve a smart home by passively listening to electricity consumption patterns of a home has been proposed for years. Appliances speak in the spikes and dips of the electrons that race through their machinery. The distinct...

It Will Soon Be Legal to Hack Your Tesla (And Every Other Car) in the US

September 23, 2016 The modern automobile, say cybersecurity experts, is not a car with a computer in it. It’s a computer with four wheels and a motor. To prove the point, hackers have been breaking into cars’ software, remotely shutting off engines, tracking riders, and disabling brakes. Yet lifting the digital hood of...